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Eaton’s xModular – a new approach to delivering data centre power infrastructure

Eaton’s xModular – a new approach to delivering data centre power infrastructure

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Power management company, Eaton, has announced the introduction of its xModular system. This is the latest addition to its critical systems portfolio that brings innovation, integration and a digital dimension to the design, deployment and operation of data centre type facilities.

“Increasingly the economy is a digital economy, as such the need for facilities to house compute and digital infrastructure is growing tremendously,” said Karina Rigby, President, Critical Systems, Electrical Sector at Eaton in EMEA. “Whether this is a data centre, on-premises IT or a telecommunication network, all are facing the need for a more economic, faster, resilient and safe way to house digital equipment. The xModular system and go-to-market strategy address this need regardless of application or customer type.”

As a global market leader in the manufacture of electrical switchgear, power distribution and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), Eaton is best placed to optimise, integrate and modularise the power train. But it’s not just the power aspect (Grey Space), xModular can also be configured to provide ample space for the IT compute equipment (White Space) too. This space is designed in harmony with the electrical, cooling, controls and security requirements, providing an all-in-one system. By covering the entire module and system performance, Eaton gives clients the much-needed assurance when embarking on this alternative build method.

As well as leveraging its electrical expertise Eaton’s exceptional project management, field services and aftercare ensure the whole life cycle is managed with the client. With over 2,000 service engineers and countless data centre projects delivered globally, clients can expect world-class technology backed by world-class support.

The integration of cyber-secure, electrical power monitoring and infrastructure management software, either on-premises or remotely, ensures clients have full visibility and control of their critical environment.

In addition to Eaton’s innovation, the xModular partner programme leverages some of the industry’s best-of-breed technology and services companies.

“Rather than being locked into one design or face the cost associated with bespoke solutions, xModular has multiple designs covering multiple applications and geographies,” said Ciarán Forde, Data Centre Market Segment Manager, Eaton EMEA. “This makes it unique in the marketplace, delivering much-needed flexibility to clients.”

A key element of xModular is the inclusion of Eaton EnergyAwareTM UPS. This grid-interactive UPS means that the electrical system of an xModular data centre unit can act as a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) and provide essential services back to the grid operator thus accelerating and de-risking the adoption of renewables. This act alone dwarfs many of the traditional sustainability efforts made in infrastructure design and operations.

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